Looking back at Web 2006 from 2025

Looking back at Web 2006 from 2025

Summary: Looking back from 2025, the year 2006 will be remembered for the “You,” the solipsistic Time Magazine Person of the Year selection. The image of the “me’s” and collective “you’s” locked into their computing devices, sloshing around in the primordial Internet social soup, increasingly connected, virtualized, overextended and tracked.

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Looking back from 2025, the year 2006 will be remembered for the “You,” the solipsistic Time Magazine Person of the Year selection. The image of the “me’s” and collective “you’s” locked into their computing devices, sloshing around in the primordial Internet social soup, increasingly connected, virtualized, overextended and tracked. 

The Web became more active in the first decade of the 21st century, adding billions of text messengers, searchers and surfers, and millions of bloggers, videographers, podcasters added their expressive output to the global digital archive, the long tail getting longer but not bushier as the head of the tail sought to consolidate and capture more attention. Instead of page views, HMQUs (Hours per Month per Qualified User) became the core metric of success. Scholars, pundits and framers of everything Web grappled with defining the evolutionary shifts in Web usage and technologies, settling on a simple versioning schema, with the latter half of the decade labeled 2.0.

The early years of the 21st century Internet also set the stage for the shift from the one-way to the two-way, bidirectional Web, which associated symptoms of bipolar disorder, bursts of energy around themes, topics, events and depressive lulls as signals are crossed, increasing global conflict and marginalization at the edges of the Net. Nouns were replaced by verbs, signifying the active nature of the Web engagement--to Google, Flickr, Twitter, Sling, Ping etc.

As in the analog world, the struggle for power and domination was the most powerful undercurrent of the virtualscape, despite visions of profound democratization brought by the Internet and related technologies. Microsoft represented the old power waning as the new power, Google, attempted to extend its shadow over every facet of the digital world. As we know now, Microsoft and Google eventually merged, forming the trillion dollar Goosoft, which hosts and provides on demand services covering 80 percent of global Internet usage.

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  • Is this the end of the revolution?

    Or it's total victory?
    See my small cartoon:
    http://geekandpoke.typepad.com/geekandpoke/2006/12/animal_farm.html

    Bye,
    Oliver
    owidder
  • mergermania

    I really prefer MicroGoo to GooSoft.
    The_Geezer
  • Wrong Year

    Should be 2525 to 2006, not 2025. Zager and Evans would be upsat with the misleading refernce to the future.
    joe@...
  • I agree but Wikisearch destroys Yahoo too.

    Yahaoo simply isnt open enough. Wikipedia is really a strong contender here. With full backing and cutting edge use and invention of Creative Commons and other types of open media it should really rival Google.
    Microsoft should be relegated to a consultant firm like they started out as to IBM, HP etc. They simply are too enamored with legalisms.
    Gridmaster
  • Rubbish

    Three people are credited with writing this pointless and idiotic waste of time. I wisk I had a job where I could hand in submissions that I obviously wrote to avoid doing 'real' work in a slack week. This is worse than a bad 'Dave Barry' humor column.

    People with no talent for humor should avoid trying to write a 'witty' new year piece like this. There was nothing funny and nothing insightful about this article.

    Let me think back to a term from the LAST century about junk like this,,, I've got it LAME.
    normmovie@...
  • Neither

    I would prefer "Microsoft" - the name remains after Microsoft eats Google, and then relegates it to the Vista "Search" button.
    Mr_Wizard